Puritans Timeline

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  • 1509 - 1547
    Reign of Henry VIII of England.
  • 28 Nov 1534
    The Act of Supremacy declares Henry VIII of England the head of the Church in England and not the Pope.
  • 1547 - 1553
    Reign of Edward VI of England.
  • 1549
    A new Book of Common Prayer is issued in England.
  • 1549
    The Act of Uniformity makes the new Book of Common Prayer compulsory in England.
  • 1552
    A new, even more radical Book of Common Prayer is issued in England, removing many of the Catholic elements of religious worship.
  • 1553 - 1558
    Reign of Mary I of England.
  • Oct 1553
    The First Act of Repeal reverses all the religious-aimed legislation of Edward VI of England.
  • Jan 1555
    The Second Act of Repeal abolishes all post-1529 CE legislation concerning religious matters in England.
  • Feb 1555
    Mary I of England begins her persecution of Protestant 'heretics', eventually burning 287 of them at the stake.
  • 1559 - 1563
    The Elizabethan Religious Settlement, a set of acts and decisions which continue the English Reformation.
  • Apr 1559
    Elizabeth I of England reinstates the Act of Supremacy.
  • 1563
    The 39 Articles define English Protestantism.
  • 1588 - 1589
    The Marprelate Controversy; Anonymous Puritan writer publishes tracts attacking Anglican Church.
  • 1603 - 1625
    Reign of James I of England; Puritans are persecuted; King James Bible created to counter Geneva Bible of the Puritans.
  • 1620 - 1640
    The Great Migration (Puritan Migration) from England to North America.
  • 1630 - c. 1740
    Puritans exert almost complete control over governmental policies in New England and influence other colonies on the eastern coast of North America.
  • 1630
    John Winthrop migrates to North America with 700 Puritan colonists to become governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • 1636 - 1638
    Anne Hutchinson is the primary voice of the Antinomian Controversy, defending her belief in the supremacy of God's Grace in salvation against Puritan authorities.